EFL Media’s Tim Fitzsimons previews all the upcoming weekend’s action in Division 2.
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Knox v Upper Ferntree Gully
Upper Gully faces its second big test in as many matches as it travels to Knox Gardens Reserve to take on the undefeated Falcons.
Upper Gully will be looking to add to its good form against a Knox side that has the opportunity to push three games clear on top of the table should it get over the line on Saturday.
After its most impressive performance since being promoted to Division 2 with a hard fought 16-point win over Doncaster East, Upper Gully will be beaming with confidence.
However, Knox will provide an even bigger challenge as it continues to take care of all that comes before it, following last season’s relegation.
Although the Falcons have been challenged on a few occasions this season, their past few weeks have been dominant, recording an average winning margin of more than seven goals over their previous five matches.
Upper Gully has exceeded the expectations of many so far, this year having slotted comfortably into Division 2, with four wins to its name up until its mid-season bye.
Rowan Hore has been the shinning light up forward sitting second in the Division 2 goal kicking with 35 goals to date and he is yet to be kept goalless.
Last time these sides met was back in Round 3 when an inaccurate Falcons line-up kicked 9.24 to record a 40-point win.
This game won’t be as comfortable for Knox as many people may have thought a couple of weeks ago and although they should get the job done, Upper Gully will be sure to make them earn it.
Mitcham v Waverley Blues
An inconsistent Tigers outfit will be looking to return to the winners list as they host the Waverley Blues in the only other game in Division 2 this week.
Mitcham come into the clash sitting two wins outside the top four with a game in hand following its disappointing 34-point loss to Wantirna South in its last hit-out.
This is a must-win game for the Tigers if they are to push their claim for a September berth but their up and down form in 2017 means this game will be no certainty.
The Waverley Blues came agonisingly close to their second win of the season in its last encounter, letting a four-goal lead at three quarter time slip against Mulgrave in a six goal to one final term which saw them go down by six points.
If he returns this week, Jake Parente will be on top of the list of players to watch for this one with the young forward compiling an outstanding season in the yellow and black.
He has kicked 27 goals in his nine matches this year including his seven-goal performance against the Blues earlier this season.
This proved to be the difference in the Round 3 contest, with the Tigers being pushed all the way to get across the line by 19 points at Mt Waverley Reserve.
Although its form has been somewhat inconsistent this season, Mitcham should register a sixth win to even up the ledger and push within one game of the top four.
However, the Waverley Blues will be hurting following their close defeat to Mulgrave and will prove no easy task for the Tigers.
The opinions expressed in this article are purely subjective and remain those of the author.